Mundane table hosts great minds—Eight days in the Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Birds

There is a simple, sturdy, glass covered wooden table, approximately 8’ x 3 ½’, located in the library of the Division of Birds at the Smithsonian Institution. It has been the center of Christmas parties, retirement parties, birthdays, Alex Wetmore’s 88th birthday party (former Smithsonian Institution Secretary and ornithologist), at least one baby shower, and … Continue reading Mundane table hosts great minds—Eight days in the Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Birds

Eat less, but eat more seafood!

Today, the US government told Americans to eat less, but eat more seafood! The US Department of Agriculture announced new dietary guidelines to help Americans make healthier food choices. Their main recommendation was to encourage the two thirds of Americans that are overweight to eat less food, and focus on eating nutrient-dense food like vegetables, … Continue reading Eat less, but eat more seafood!

My one-sided, long distance relationship with an Environmental Disaster

Courtesy National Oil Spill Commission On June 13, 2010 I graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor of science in Environmental Biology and Management. Two days later President Obama described the BP oil spill as “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.” I studied environmental issues for four years, and the moment I graduated … Continue reading My one-sided, long distance relationship with an Environmental Disaster

Do Your Part in Reducing Marine Debris

photo: NOAA Marine debris has become one of the most widespread pollution problems affecting the world’s oceans and waterways. A recent study by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation found human debris in all five major ocean gyres (including the well-known Pacific Garbage Patch) http://www.5gyres.org/. Research has proven that debris has serious effects on the marine … Continue reading Do Your Part in Reducing Marine Debris